‘Biggest Loser’ contest

The annual Healthy Choices for the West Side summit will be held Monday evening, June 24, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the West Side Theatre in downtown Newman.

The event features the weigh-in for the “Biggest Loser” weight loss challenge. Teams of five to 10 members will be participating in the contest. Teams will weigh out Aug. 19 in Gustine.

Entry is free. The registration deadline is Monday, June 17.

Call 525-4470 for additional information or registration.

West Side Players audition

The West Side Players will host auditions for the murder mystery “The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940” Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, June 18 and 19.

Auditions will be held from 7-9 p.m. each evening at West Side Theatre.

Roles are available for five women and five men (18 and older). The production is not a musical, so no singing is required, but those auditioning should be prepared for a cold read.

Materials to prepare may be obtained by contacting director John Burgess at jburgess@gustineusd.org.

Performance dates are Oct. 4-6 and 11-13.

Weekly rehearsals begin in August.

Newman branch library

A variety of special activities are in store this month at the Newman branch library.

Story time is held each Wednesday at 10 a.m., followed by wee move and play at 10:30. A wee move and play session is also planned for 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 21.

LEGO days will be held Thursdays, June 13 and 27, at 3:30 p.m.

An ice pop holder craft session is planned for 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 25.

A book sale will be held Saturday, June 29, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Newman branch library is located at 1305 Kern St. Call 862-2010 for additional information.

Historical society honoring current, past military personnel

The Newman Historical Society is honoring local veterans and current military personnel with a Newman Museum display of photos which will be unveiled in mid-June.

The photos will be on display Saturday and Sunday, June 15-16, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the museum. Light refreshments will be served.

The opening of the display coincides with Flag Day, which is observed Friday, June 14. The display will remain in place through Veterans Day.

Gustine animal clinic

The Gustine Police Department will host a low-cost pet vaccination/dog licensing clinic tonight (Thursday, June 13).

The clinic will be held from 5-7:30 p.m. in Schmidt Park.

Vaccinations are available to all pet owners. Dog licensing is for city of Gustine residents only.

Vaccination fees are $6 for rabies (owners are asked to bring proof of most recent rabies vaccine to verify shots are current, or only a one-year vaccine can be administered); $22 for Parvo four-way; $22 for kennel cough; and $22 for feline multi-vaccine (FVRCP).

Micro-chipping is available for $20.

Dog license fees are $60 for unaltered animals and $12 for spayed or neutered dog (proof required).

Cash or checks are accepted (no credit cards).

All dogs must be on a leash. Dog owners must clean up after their animals.

Call 854-3737 for additional information.

Mart earns master’s degree

Travis Mart of Newman recently graduated from the University of Sioux Falls (S.D.).

Mart earned a Master of Business Administration  in business management.

Y-LEAD registration under way

The City of Gustine is now accepting registrations for its annual Y-LEAD summer program. Those interested can either register online at cityofgustine.com or in person at Gustine City Hall through Friday, June 14.

The registration fee is $50 for each child and $40 for each additional sibling. Y-LEADers must be entering grades 4-7 in August. Junior Captains must be entering grades 8-9.

This year’s program runs from 8 a.m. to noon weekdays from June 17 through Aug. 2.

For more information, call the City of Gustine at 854-6471.

West Side Walks

The West Side Health Care Task Force will sponsor its eighth annual “West Side Walks” program this summer.

Community members are invited to join friends and neighbors walking on the tracks at Gustine, Orestimba and Patterson high schools Thursday evenings from 6-8 p.m. The program started June 6 and continues through July 25.

Participants are also invited to pick up “walk wheels” to track their steps, laps or miles. An app is available to help monitor that information. Completed walk wheels may be turned in at the completion of the program to be entered into prize drawings.

The walk wheels are available at city hall in Newman and Gustine.

The community walking program is part of the task force’s initiative to promote healthy lifestyles and fitness.

Gustine library activities

A number of summer events are in store at the Gustine branch library, which will kick off its summer reading program June 8.

Story times will be held at 2 p.m. Saturdays, June 22 and 29, and July 6, 13 and 27.

A bubble show will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 15.

The library will host a STEM craft activity at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 18.

Magician Tim Mannix will perform at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 9.

Magical ventriloquist Tony Borders will perform Thursday, July 11, at 1 p.m.

A STEM craft activity will be offered at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 20.

Extreme Science is on the library schedule for noon Tuesday, July 30.

Safe sitter program

The Newman Fire Auxiliary will host a SafeSitter babysitting clinic Saturday, June 15, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the fire station. The clinic is offered free of charge and includes lunch. Space is limited. Registrations on a first-come, first-served basis. Call RoseLee Hurst, 681-5220.

Color run registration

Registration is now open for the fourth annual Westside Color Run, which will be held Saturday, June 29, in Gustine.

Entry fee is $35. A $5 student discount is available for online registrations. Teams of 10 may register for $300.

Booth spaces are also available. Booth space is $20 for vendors and free to non-profit, information only booths.

For more information contact Tiffany Vitorino, 410-8466, or Ronnie LaBry, rlabry96@gmail.com.

The event is sponsored by the Gustine Recreation Department and Gustine High School.

Vacation Bible school

Orestimba Presbyterian Church in Newman will host a vacation Bible school June 17-21. Sessions meet each morning, with a closing event held June 21 at 7 p.m. “Faith Expedition: God’s Treasure Revealed” is the theme. The Bible school is open to children ages 3-12 (pre-school to sixth grade). For more information, call RoseLee Hurst, 681-5220.